Sound Sunday is a weekly feature that promotes budding artists, independent labels, and legal music downloads. To honor the release of Depeche Mode’s 13th album Delta Machine, this edition presents a small selection of independent electronic, new wave, and synth pop albums. Enjoy the synthony.
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Single: SOLID GREY – So Alone
Genre: synth pop, new wave, rock, gothic
So Alone was the first track the Austrian / Belgian band SOLID GREY ever recorded. The more than eight minutes long song was released as part of their debut album Pull The Strings Tighter in 2011.
So Alone is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Various – DepecheMatika
Genre: electronic, electro pop, synth pop, compilation, covers
From the album page: Synthematik presents DepecheMatika, a special tribute to Depeche Mode dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Dave Gahan. DepecheMatika is free to download at any quality you could possibly wish!
DepecheMatika is a free download from Bandcamp.
Ian Marquis – The Man Forgotten
Genre: new wave, synth pop
From the album page: After recording The Shivers, I fell into a rut. Ever since I wrapped up my first album, The Solomon Project, I’ve had unfinished demo tracks dragging along behind me. The pile only got bigger with each passing year. It was beginning to limit me; I’d always return to these older songs and try to work on them, unable to record much of anything new. But then, something happened. I guess I took a leap as a singer and abandoned a lot of the low, gravely, disaffected style I’d grown comfortable with. I started writing more adventurous arrangements, and working with harmony. I recorded a ton of new songs, and reworked a couple of tracks from The Shivers that I was never really happy with. The result is what I consider my true debut album – The Man Forgotten.
The Man Forgotten is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
LEXELLE – It Girl Volume 1
Genre: dance, new wave, pop
From her Bandcamp profile: Lexelle is a synth based pop music collaboration between Danielle Cardona and Alex Simon. The sound is of Evo-Pop and Dance, combining elements of music from late seventies and early eighties disco with the New Wave and New Romantic sounds of the early eightees. The goal of Lexelle is to create a timeless sound to excite listeners and get them dancing.
It Girl Volume 1 is a free download from Bandcamp.
EP: televided – Robot Hearts
Genre: electronic, dream pop, progressive, shoegaze, synth rock, synth pop
From the album page: ‘Robot Hearts’ is a sci-fi themed synth-rock EP about a scientist, an android, and an overwhelming desire to be alone. Heavily synthesized vocals and electronica boosted by a sly nod toward the Pacific Northwest guitar aesthetic spiraling out of control in a break-beat-drum escape pod.
Robot Hearts is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
THE COCONUTS CLUB – Stranded
Genre: experimental, electronic, pop space pop
From the album page: The Coconuts Club is a Space-Pop project based in Berlin, Germany. We tell the fantastic story of space-pioneer Viktor who finds himself stranded on a desert planet where he will have to deal with the invisible inhabitants.
Stranded is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: The Digital Experience – From Within
Genre: electronic, rock, disco, funk, new wave, post punk
In their musical explorations The Digital Experience focuses on discovering new sounds in the environment, fresh and simple, yet powerful. The band from Montevideo, Uruguay combine classic elements of rock with electronic subtleties. The lyrics of From Within are introspective and sincere, reflecting the inner transformation of a hero that wants to shine.
From Within is a free download from MediaFire.
NewRetroWave – The 80′s Dream Compilation Tape
Genre: electronic, breakbeat, disco, power pop, dreamwave, synth pop, synth wave,
From the album page: For many years the music scene has been hungering for something that will fill a longing void. You have now stumbled across that sound ……the sound of the future…….the RetroWave sound. Harnessing the sound of the 80s and bringing a modern presence, Retrowave promises to bring back the nostalgic feel and daring musicality to what we call music. Turn your speakers up and ‘Live the 80′s Dream’.
The 80′s Dream Compilation Tape is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: Betamaxx – Legacy
Genre: electronic, synth pop
Betamaxx is the electronic music project of analog child and 80s revival enthusiast Nick Morey from Pittsburgh.
Legacy is a free download from Bandcamp.
Rogue – The Flower
Genre: ambient, electronic, dark house, wipeout
A beautiful mystery, to be seen live on May 9 with Boweywhite and Fern Fox Palmer at The Dublin Castle in London, UK.
The Flower is a free download from Bandcamp.
Aphasia Records – Futura Compilation
Genre: electronic, dreamwave, synth, dark synth, retro, compilation
Aphasia Records is a new music label and a collective focused on 80s based synth music.
Futura Compilation is a free download from Bandcamp.
Perturbator – I Am The Night
Genre: electronic, synths, retro, vintage
From the album page: This is the story of someone who has nothing left to lose, wandering in the hostile neon-soaked dirty streets of a city from the future, armed and dangerous. This is your story. No one really knows what kind of danger you will encounter during this journey into madness. You know you’re not alone, but you are ready. You are the night. Now, lights off.
I Am The Night is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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